Danny Rose and Steve Bruce react as Newcastle United sign Tottenham and England defender
Steve Bruce has described new Newcastle United left-back Danny Rose as a ‘class act’ after signing the Tottenham Hotspur defender on loan until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old full back is Bruce’s third signing of the January transfer window, following the arrivals of Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro, and that is expected to complete their business in terms of incomings.
The Premier League club, 14th in the table ahead of Saturday’s home game against Norwich City, has also been looking at strikers, notably Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen and Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.
However, the Gazette understands that the club, after looking at the available players, does not expect to make any more signings before Friday night’s transfer deadline.
Rose said: "It’s a great honour for me to be here. I’m so grateful that the manager has brought me in and I’m looking to repay him in every way I can as soon as I’m playing.
“For me, it’s really exciting that I can come here and have the chance to play in front of the Newcastle fans.
“Newcastle is one of the biggest clubs in England. I spoke to the manager last night and he told me there were 50,000 fans here at the weekend against Oxford. You can’t go wrong with that kind of passion and support from the fans, and it’s something I’m looking forward to.”
Bruce added: “He has proven quality, as he’s shown over several years for club and country, and is a class act.
“It’s a big coup for us to get him here and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
Bruce has maintained all long that he would only bring in players who he feels can improve his squad.
And Newcastle do not believe the right striker is available in this window. Giroud, also a target for Tottenham Hotspur, is understood to want to stay in London if he remains in England.
The injury-hit club believes the squad has been strengthened by the arrivals of winger Lazaro and midfielder Bentaleb – and will be galvanised further by the signing of Rose from Tottenham Hotspur.